We know you love stories about taxpayer waste, so here’s your Wednesday entry: You, the undersigned taxpayer, saw $222,000 of your money literally flushed away on a ritzy bathroom for the Secretary of the Interior.
Most US homes aren’t even worth $222,000, but that’s what it took to renovate the Secretary of the Interior’s 100-square-foot private office bathroom, reports MSN.
The luxurious features of the $222,000 bathroom include: $26,000 custom cabinetry, $1,500 wall panels, a $689 Kohler faucet, a $65 “vintage tissue holder,” and, because insanity, a $3,500 Sub-Zero fridge.
So you see, your money is actually being flushed twice: once on the bathroom and once again on the Secretary’s salary, since all that renovation seems to suggest the Secretary will be spending a lot of time in the bathroom.
And before you go on an Obama administration hate-spree, WSB-TV Atlanta reports that the bathroom renovation actually occurred in 2007 under George W. Bush’s Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne. After photos of the renovation were requested under the Freedom of Information Act, it has taken a whopping five years for them to go public.
Of course, this doesn’t make it a partisan issue whatsoever. Government spending, in the eyes of many, has been wasteful and excessive for many many years, and this strange $222,000 bathroom renovation is just another log on that angry fire.
You can check out a video of the $222,000 bathroom renovation below, which includes images of the luxury suite. Let us know what you think: Who the heck needs a bathroom like this? Maybe they can make amends by opening the bathroom for pubic access …